Baguio City: Travel guide and walk-through!

August 1, 2019

by Kenneth Ballesteros

It’s still vivid in my mind when I first visited Baguio City, this is actually the first time I went out of town as well. Let me tell you my adventure to this serene place that I define as peace.
Way back when I was a kid Baguio was defined by the elders as a very peaceful place and above the mountains which has cold temperatures as they said. But I wanted to know about it more, to get the feeling and the vibe of the place, so as a kid would normally do, they ask. So, I asked a couple of questions from my cousins and friends that went there, and I got is that Baguio is a cold place which is a bummer for research.

So, I promised myself that one day I would go to that place and enjoy every second of it. Then, I saved a couple of thousands of pesos so I can afford a vacation there, it was my clear plan to visit every spot and made an itinerary as a motivation.

After weeks of preparation, I decided to visit the mountains, specifically Baguio City. When I was on the way up, I felt jitters down my spine, it felt different and it felt very good. As I go higher and higher above the mountains, I suddenly felt the peace that I cannot buy or get in the city. I appreciated the silence of the place and the cool breeze of the freshest air.

On the way up the mountains, stunning views welcome you from every side more beautiful than the paintings of Picasso, I realize that God is a very great artist. It inspired me to start my travels and to see the paintings of God thru nature itself. Green has never been greener in Baguio as trees envelop every form of land.

What to do First?

Plan ahead, think of your itinerary first, check all the best places to visit and enjoy. Of course, this is based and dictated by your travel budget. I personally spent P6,000 thousand pesos for a 3-day vacation. This includes the transportation expense, lodging, food, souvenirs and other

Where to stay?

There is a lot to choose from when it comes to where you will reside during the rest of your trip. You can opt to stay at a motel if you only intend to spend the rest of the night sleeping for a couple of hours and where you can take a bath then you’re good to go. But for those who want to splurge a bit and enjoy the experience of Baguio’s finest transient houses. I surely recommend Austrianne Residences if you want to escape from the city noise. Here you will feel the true Baguio ambiance, the cold breeze and fresh air will surely give you the relaxation that you need. Also, the house is fully furnished and has almost everything you need. The rooms are immaculately clean, the beds are comfy and soft, linens smell like fresh flowers. The good thing about this transient house is that it’s very affordable for just P2,500 per night. The hosts are very accommodating and welcoming as well.

You check availability and prices in Agoda.com or Booking.com!

How To Get To Baguio From Manila Using Public Transport?

• Genesis Transport: Cubao
• Dagupan Bus Lines: Cubao
• PARTAS: Cubao and Pasay
• Joy Bus (Genesis): Pasay and Avenida
• Victory Liner: Cubao and Pasay

From Manila to Baguio is only 4-6 hours away, conditional on which part of Manila you’re approaching from, which route the bus takes, and whether or not it makes a stopover along the way. Regular buses usually take Dau Exit (NLEX) or Concepcion Exit (SCTEX) and make at least one stop.

CUBAO TO BAGUIO – VICTORY LINER
Regular aircon: P485
First-class: P800

CUBAO TO BAGUIO – JOYBUS
Deluxe: P720
Premier: P740

PASAY TO BAGUIO – JOYBUS
Deluxe: P730
Premier: P760

PASAY TO BAGUIO – VICTORY LINER
Regular aircon: P496
First-class: P800

How to work around the City of Pines?

Being up to date, there are 3 ways to go from one point to another. Since the attractions are scattered around the province you must know what kind of transport will you be using to prevent from spending a lot. I suggest planning your itinerary from least to most priority. In this way, you will not go back and forth. It saves time and money!

1. Grab Transport- For me, this is the most convenient and safest way to go around Baguio, although grab drivers are usually occupied during rush hours around 5 PM to 7:30 PM. Although this is not the cheapest way, you can guarantee to ride comfort and convenience since it’s just 1 tap away.

2. Taxi- This is the 2nd best transport since you can almost see taxis at every corner of the street. Just beware of price hagglers that tend to increase more than the regular rate. Make sure you ride metered taxis.

3. Jeepney- The conventional and the cheapest of the bunch. With just P9.00 per ride, you can save so much money that can be used for your souvenirs and food. Although, this is not the fastest to get from point A to point B if you have time why not?

Best Places to go?

Camp John Hay

It was established on October 25, 1903, as a rest and recreation post exclusively for the US Armed Forces in the Philippines. At the elevation of World War II, it was bombed by the Japanese but returned in the hands of the Americans in 1945. Just about 50 years later, it was turned over to the Philippine administration, which altered the site into a tourist site.

There’s a lot of good things to enjoy here including the following:
 Treetop Adventures, where you can enjoy electrifying rides like the Tree Drop (harnessed free fall), Canopy Ride, and Superman Ride (zipline).
 Bell House, previously the official vacation abode of the Commanding General of the Philippines. It now houses a museum highlighting American colonial architecture.
 Cemetery of Negativism, an emblematic site for the burying of negativities — views, feelings, attitude.
 Yellow Trail, also known as Forest Bathing Trail, a 1.5km relaxed hiking trail that will lead you through and around the pine woodland. The hike takes approximately 2 hours. You can do it in 2 ways. The typical route is generally uphill, opening at Le Monet Hotel and wind-up at Scout Hill. If you don’t think you have the strength and muscle, you can do it the other way around instead. We painstakingly enjoyed it!

La Trinidad Strawberry Farm

Here, you’ll discover plantations of strawberries alongside vegetable produce and flowers. You can purchase strawberries here for P250-P300 per kilo. If you want to handpick the berries yourselves, prepare to pay extra for just P200.

The Mansion

A quick walk from Wright Park is the Mansion. Established and constructed in 1908, the Mansion aided as the official home of the US Governor-General in the Philippines. Today, it is the official summer stronghold of the President in the Philippines. Right across the Mansion is a long pond, the far end of which is a favorite photo spot.

Over-all my childhood dream became a reality. A moment that I will never ever forget. This trip helped me get by with the burnout caused by work and stress in the city. Truly, Baguio has a healing effect on the mind and body, it’s a place that you can frequently visit just to unwind and relax.

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John

August 9, 2019

Very good article! Very useful and informative. I would like to read more article from this guy!
Kudos to you sir!